‘It takes a community’: Lincoln nonprofits grateful for support on Giving Tuesday

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLNK) – Lincoln nonprofits were thankful for the support from community members on Giving Tuesday. 

One Lincoln organization, United Way, said the donations help them make over 200 weekly deliveries to residents across Lancaster County for its Ride United program.

“Right now, we are limited to a capacity of 12,200 deliveries,” said Maura Penas, director of community impact at United Way. “These donations will help us go beyond that and grow our capacity to deliver more products.” 

The program started during the pandemic to help people in quarantine but has since expanded to help the elderly, veterans and families who might not have transportation. 

“It’s a nice way for us veterans to sort of supplement what other food we may need,” veteran Richard Schmeling said.  

A lot of the time, nonprofit organizations depend on the help of community members to continue their work. 

CEDARS, a nonprofit helping kids in foster care, is bringing attention to the growing needs of kids across the state. 

“It takes a community to make this work possible, so we appreciate the opportunity of Giving Tuesday,” said Jim Blue, president of CEDARS.

The nonprofit has around 1,200 kids in their care this December, which is a 39% increase from this same time last year. 

“Anybody in the Lincoln community that can partner with CEDARS this holiday season, to make this a wonderful time of year for the kids, we will be so grateful,” Blue said. 

CEDARS is accepting toys, gift cards and monetary donations this winter. 

You can donate to both organizations, CEDARS and United Way, through their web pages. 

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